Dinton Pastures Country Park
The 350 acres of Dinton Pastures is a mosaic of rivers, meadows, lakes, and wooded areas which once formed part of the Great Forest of Windsor. More recently gravel extraction, which took place between 1965 and 1979 for building the M4, has created a series of lakes and islands of importance to local wildlife while the adjacent Lavell’s Lake is a designated a Local Nature Reserve. Numerous paths and self-guided trails enable the visitor to explore this exciting area for wildfowl, birds, wildflowers and dragonflies. Otters too are being encouraged to return with the help of artificial holts and suitable habitat.
For more information on events at these and other sites in the district visit Dinton Pastures.
Lavells Wetland Trust
Lavells Wetland Trust has grown out of Friends of Lavells Lake, part of the Dinton Pastures complex of lakes. Expansion of the original lake areas occurred with the donation of further land in 2020 which the Trust is now creating into an exciting new wetland habitat for which they are now seeking an army of volunteers! Get in touch if you would like to be involved.
Hedge and Woodland Conservationists
HAWCS is an autonomous, self-funding group affiliated to The Conservation Volunteers and to the British Hedgelaying Society. HAWCs aims are to keep the ancient crafts of hedgelaying and coppicing alive; to conserve and maintain hedgerows, woodlands, and rights of way in the area for the benefit of the public at large and for the wildlife which depends on them; and to educate the public, and in particular the young people, in the principles and practice of nature conservation. Visit the HAWC website at: www.hawc.org.uk
Wokingham and District Veteran Tree Association
Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association was launched in January 2007 to help ensure that veteran and other significant trees in and around the district of Wokingham are properly identified, protected and managed, and to increase public awareness of their importance.
One of its main activities is compiling a database of veteran trees. By 2012 over 5,500 trees had been recorded. In 2010 it broadened its objectives to include concern for all trees, not just veterans, and in 2011 joined the Tree Warden scheme. membership is free.
For more details see WDVTA website: www.wdvta.org.uk